Pulmonary and Critical Care

Mission

Our mission is to train the next generation of leaders, physician-scientists and clinician-educators for academic careers in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Welcome

 The Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship is designed to train exceptional clinical pulmonologists and intensivists for a career in academic medicine as physician-scientists or clinician-educators. More than ninety percent of graduates in the last 10 years have academic appointments. To see where trainees are now, see our list of past fellows. Our division is committed to providing well-balanced clinical and investigational training in a collegial environment that prepares graduates for a career in academic medicine.

During the first two years of fellowship, the clinical training emphasizes the diagnosis and management of patients with common and rare respiratory diseases, pulmonary and sleep physiology, and all aspects of critical illness, including critical care ultrasound and ECMO. Fellows are trained in advanced pulmonary and critical care procedures including EBUS-TBNA, and u/s guided pleural pigtail catheter and tunneled catheter placement. Trainees are highly qualified to practice and teach clinical pulmonary and critical care medicine at the completion of their fellowship.

The third year is uniquely designed to provide individualized training for each fellow’s specific career path. For fellows interested in a physician-scientist career, the year is devoted to acquiring necessary, fundamental investigative skills for either a bench/translational or a clinical investigative career. The fellow spends the majority of their time working on a mentored research project and has an optional fourth year to facilitate continuation of promising mentored research projects. The bench/translational pathway provides training opportunities in epigenetics, molecular biology of lung injury, immunology and endothelial mechanisms in obesity and sleep disorder breathing. Fellows may be supported through an NIH-funded T-32 training grant on Columbia University Training Program in Lung Sciences. In the clinical investigator pathway, there are opportunities in Global Health Research, ILD, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, COPD/emphysema, and lung transplantation. Fellows in the clinical investigation pathway have the option to obtain a Master of Science in Biostatistics degree in the Patient Oriented Research (POR) track from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

For fellows interested in a clinician-educator career, third year provides additional opportunities for mentored-teaching at the undergraduate and graduate medical education level. Fellows in this pathway participate in monthly Department of Medicine Educator Lab Meetings, learn to teach in small group team-based sessions in the medical student physiology course, have opportunities to participate in simulation training and are expected to produce scholarship. Additionally, this year provides opportunities for fellows to develop expertise in sub-subspecialties such as pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease or lung transplantation with additional weekly clinics in their area of interest.

The goal of our fellowship program is to train individuals for a career in academic pulmonary and critical care medicine as basic, translational, and clinical investigators or clinician-educators in an academic environment.

Kristin M Burkart, MD, MSc
Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Training Program
Email: kb2319@columbia.edu